Martin Odegaard's odyssey at Real Madrid appeared to be taking a turn into the abyss earlier this summer. Reports emerged that Zinedine Zidane had a falling out with Florentino Perez over his presence on the club's pre-season tour of America.
Zidane wanted the Norwegian starlet left behind while Perez demanded he went. It enhanced the perception that the wonderkid was signed purely for PR purposes and that his formidable talent was falling by the wayside as a result.
Indeed, Zidane is said to be a fan of Odegaard but is concerned that crucial parts of his education are being skipped for commercial reasons. Still only 18-years-old, there is plenty of time for the midfielder to turn things around and it appears he will be given the chance to do just that away from the Bernabeu.
Scouts were watching in their droves during Real Madrid's US training camps and several German clubs are believed to now be interested in taking Odegaard on loan. Zidane was also impressed by Odegaard and now feels confident that he is above the level of Real Madrid's B side, Castilla, although some way below senior level.
So a loan to another league now seems likely with the Bundesliga a good fit for his playing style. However, according to the Daily Mail, Odegaard and his father, Hans-Erik, are anxiously waiting to see if Liverpool make a bid.
Odegaard appears to be regretting his original decision to reject a move to Anfield when he originally left Stromsgodset in 2015. He toured Europe's biggest clubs, considering bids from the Reds, Bayern Munich and Barcelona before joining Real Madrid.
However, much has changed on Merseyside since that day. For one, Brendan Rodgers has been sacked and replaced by the reputable Jurgen Klopp. The German is famed from blooding new talent and much anticipation surrounds the club ahead of his first full season in charge.
Odegaard would struggle to get first-team football at Anfield but would be closer than he currently is at Real Madrid. Their attacking midfield options read like an embarrassment of riches while youngster Marco Asensio has moved ahead of him.
Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg are ready and waiting for Odegaard's answer although negotiations surrounding a loan fee and his £1m-a-season wages are likely to drag on for a while.
Real Madrid would also prefer to send him to the Bundesliga where they already have Borja Mayoral on loan at Wolfsburg and Omar Mascarell at Eintracht Frankfurt. Dani Carvajal also benefitted from a spell at Bayern Leverkusen before Madrid repurchased him.